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Pritchardia hillebrandii, or Loulu lelo
Pritchardia Hillebrandii is an absolutely stunning Fan Palm.
Some Pritchardia are fussy and difficult to grow outside the tropics, frequently suffering from a yellowing of the leaves. The moderately sized P. hillebrandii, which grows in dry forest near sea level on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai, is a very different prospect. It is fast growing, very modest in its requirements, and its beautiful, rigid, and leathery leaves with a blue gray cast retain their colour.
With broad, fan-shaped leaves with silvery undersides, P. hillebrandii flowers in a beautiful golden yellow, followed by black, marble-sized fruit. These fruits can be peeled and eaten (tastes somewhat like a coconut), and were once a source of food for early Hawaiians.
The Pritchardia hillebrandii, or Molokai fan palm, is endemic to the island of Molokai where it grows along the northeastern coastline at elevations of 100 to 1900 feet, meaning it can be found nowhere else in the world. Known as the Loulu lelo (or “yellowish loulu”) to the Hawaiians, this native tree species is at risk in the wild. Today, the habitat is limited mainly to the tops of islets Huelo and Mokapa located off the north coast of Molokai. Pritchardia hillebrandii is suitable for a wide range of climates and will even tolerate cool conditions and a little frost.
This species is excellent for landscape design and also as an indoor specimen.
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